Geoff Carlston is coming back to Ohio.

Ohio Athletics announced the hiring and return of the Bobcats’ former coach Monday evening. Carlston previously coached the team from 2003-2007. During his tenure, Ohio not only dominated the Mid-American Conference but was also a legitimate force among the NCAA. 

With Carlston, the Bobcats went 144-22 overall, reached the NCAA Tournament every season, including a run to the Sweet 16 in 2005, and won four Mid-American Conference tournaments. He holds a .968 winning percentage against MAC opponents, which is the highest in the conference’s history. That record includes a streak of 64 straight MAC wins that lasted through all five of his seasons with Ohio. 

Since departing from Ohio, Carlston served as Ohio State’s coach from 2008-2019. With the Buckeyes, Carlston advanced to the NCAA Tournament seven times and made it the Sweet 16 in five of those appearances. He was let go by Ohio State after a 15-17 record in the 2019 season. 

Carlston holds a career record of 413-217. He is replacing Deane Webb, Ohio’s coach for seven seasons. Webb retired following the 2020 season in which the Bobcats went 12-8 and earned a MAC Tournament bid before falling to Western Michigan